Vatican: Pope's Butler Moved To House Arrest

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The Pope's butler has been released from custody and moved to house arrest.

Paolo Gabriele (bottom) is accused of stealing classified documentsThe Pope's butler has been released from custody and moved to house arrest.

The Vatican said that Paolo Gabriele will be held under house arrest pending a decision on whether he should stand trial for leaking confidential papers to the media.

He was charged in May after a series of leaks exposed alleged corruption and internal conflicts at the Holy See.

Mr Gabriele's lawyer Carlo Fusco said his client had acted alone as an "act of love" toward the pope.

The so-called "Vatileaks" scandal saw an Italian investigative journalist publish hundreds of secret documents detailing fraud scandals, nepotism and cronyism within the Holy See.

Italian media reported in May that a stash of confidential documents had been found in the apartment Mr Gabriele shares with his wife and three children inside the Vatican.

"There are definitely no networks, no internal or external plots in which Paolo was involved. His motivations were all internal," AFP news agency reported Mr Fusco as saying.

"He wanted the Church to be more alive. He had an idea to help a situation."

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said a magistrate would decide by early August whether to try the case.